Latin name: Trollius europeaeus globeflower

Height: 20-40cm

Where: Upland wet meadows and stream sides

When: Flowers May to July

Bigger and bolder than most buttercups, globeflowers bring sunshine to grey summer days. Their big, bright yellow spheres shine out by upland streams, on dripping, grey cliffs and in damp woodlands.

Despite their beauty an old Scottish name for them is witches’ gowan – maybe because like all the buttercup family they are poisonous.

Any natural place contains an infinite reservoir of information, and therefore the potential for inexhaustible new discoveries.

Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods